Saratoga Historical MapThe other day I was hunting for local maps of Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley) dating back 100 years or so, and although I didn’t find exactly what I wanted, I did find a treasure trove that I hadn’t expected to find at all.

Here please find a tiny snippet of a USGS Map from the late 1890s (actually part of the Palo Alto Map). According to my husband, who has a hobby of viewing and collecting maps, each “dot” on this image represents a house. If that is the case, you can see how sparcely populated Saratoga and Cupertino were at this time.

And what is that Azule Springs? Was it another hot springs type resort, like Saratoga Springs? A map like this raises a lot of questions!

If you love – or at least enjoy – history, I invite you to visit the USGS website and look at the historic maps there. One section includes Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and the coastal areas such as Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. Another section of the map includes Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Campbell, Almaden, Cambrian Park, Santa Clara and many parts of San Jose.

It’s fun to see where things “used to be” and how they “used to be called”. Take a few minutes and enjoy!

  1. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,478 sqft
  2. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,611 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,258 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,158 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,158 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,333 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,608 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,350 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.05 ac
  6. 7 beds, 9 baths
    Home size: 7,705 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.04 ac
  7. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,260 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,501 sqft
  8. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,316 sq ft
    Lot size: 41,795 sqft
  9. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,978 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.88 ac
  10. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,383 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,463 sqft

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(all data current as of 3/20/2018)

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Mary Pope-Handy
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